Once a perennial state power, the Cahokia Comanches rejoined the elite wrestling teams in Illinois on Saturday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.
Darrell Hinkle started a run of four Cahokia wins in five matches with a victory by forfeit in the 170-pound weight class as the Comanches defeated Bloomington 45-30 in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A dual team state wrestling tournament.
The quarterfinal win assured the Comanches their first state tournament trophy since they placed fourth in 1991.
Following their quarterfinal win over the Purple Raiders, the Comanches fell to Lombard Montini 59-7 in the semifinals then were defeated by Oak Forest 59-7 in the third-place match.
Montini, ranked among the top teams in the nation, then clinched its eighth straight state championship with a 49-21 win over Geneseo in the title match.
Hinkle, who competed in the Class 2A individual state tournament last week, put Cahokia up 15-12 with his win and when Josh Griffin pinned Bloomington's Tyran Jolly in 5 minutes 59 seconds of their 182-pound match, the Comanches had a 21-12 lead.
The Purple Raiders cut the deficit to 21-18 win a pin in the 195-pound weight class, but when Shelton Pippin (220) and Christopher Brown (285) both won by pin, Cahokia had a 33-18 lead with five matches left.
Bloomington closed to with 33-30, but wins by Marlon Manuel (120), Lamondo Barnhill (126) and Dameon Adams (132) sealed the deal for Cahokia.
The Comanches finish their season with a 14-7 record.